Networking gives you an opportunity to meet new people and develop mutually beneficial relationships. We network both with potential customers and to develop strategic business relationships. Networking should be about giving: if you help someone out, maybe by introducing them to a helpful contact, they might do something to help you in return.
Networking is not about selling, it is much more subtle. To be an effective networker you need to have certain skills. You need to be able to develop a connection quickly with someone and know what interests them. Strong listening skills allow you to identify their needs, and how you might be able to help them. If your networking efforts are not producing results, then maybe it is time to get some help to develop these vital business skills.
NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming and helps us to understand how our minds work so that we can listen effectively, process that information and respond in an appropriate way. In short, it helps to enhance your communication skills, and the way we present ourselves to those around us – and can help give your business networking skills a boost.
NLP helps you to develop your communication skills
NLP is a personal development technique which allows you to be a better communicator. Strong communication is the key to successful relationships, both in business and in our personal lives.
Strong communicators are persuasive. They know what to say and how to say it to get their point across and persuade the other person round to their way of thinking.
We are all guilty at times of not listening effectively. NLP teaches you to not only listen to the words that people are using, but also their hidden meaning, This allows you to identify what is not being said, and respond accordingly – making you seem extremely perceptive and capable.
NLP can help you make a strong first impression
We make decisions about people in the first few minutes of meeting them, so you need to make sure that you are giving off the right vibes.
Rapport is the key to developing relationships in a networking environment. Knowing when to ask questions, and when to offer information is a skill. Mastering the art of body language can give you a distinct advantage in a business situation: it helps you to hide your nerves and display the characteristics you need to demonstrate your skills.
More business decisions are made on the basis of a strong relationship and rapport, than for strategic business reasons. NLP can teach you how to be responsive with those around you, both in your body language and your verbal communication.
If you want to learn more about NLP and the benefits that it can bring your business, then contact Edge NLP who offer NLP training in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire. NLP can help you to excel in every aspect of your working life, giving you the confidence and drive to make your dreams come true.